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The human-animal bond: health implications across the lifespan

By S. Horowitz

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Abstract

This article examines the growing body of research that provides support for the many anecdotally reported health benefits resulting from the human-animal bond, including the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and chronic pain; benefits for paediatric and elderly patients and for early detection of medical conditions. The risk of zoonotic infections are also discussed.

Date 2008
Publication Title Alternative and Complementary Therapies
Volume 14
Issue 5
Pages 251-256
ISBN/ISSN 1076-2809
Language English
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Tags
  1. Animal behavior
  2. Cancer
  3. Cardiovascular health
  4. Carnivores
  5. Cats
  6. Diagnosis
  7. Diseases
  8. Dogs
  9. Early diagnosis
  10. Human-animal relationships
  11. Mammals
  12. Older adults
  13. pathogens
  14. pediatrics
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. Primates
  18. Relationships
  19. therapeutics
  20. therapy
  21. Zoonoses
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  1. peer-reviewed